Learning the Truth about Coal and Nuclear Energy

We are only a few days from our stopglobalwarming college tour wrapping up and although I will enjoy catching up on missed sleep, I am really going to be sad when it's over. It feels as though we are just getting started. With any luck, perhaps I can talk Laurie into doing another run in the fall. Something tells me it won't be that hard to convince her... stay tuned...

I have learned so much on this tour. One thing I have definitely discovered is that there is always more to learn about this topic. I wanted to add a few thoughts to my comments from a past blog regarding clean coal.

First off, there is no such thing as clean coal. I'm erasing that phrase from my vocabulary and I'd recommend you do the same. Using coal to produce energy will always be dirty because coal mining is dirty. One particularly bad form of mining I learned about literally uses dynamite to blow the tops off of mountains. They call this mountain top removal and it is destroying some of the most beautiful places in the United States, including in Tennessee where I live. I think it is a crime against nature that this practice is allowed, period, and if you don't believe me check out www.ilovemountains.org.

Second, we've been getting lots of questions about nuclear. I know that nuclear is better than fossil fuels when it comes to carbon dioxide, but nuclear energy is by no means clean. We don't know what to do with the waste we already have and it seems like a bad idea to me to make more when we have so many cleaner options such as wind and solar. Let's not forget about efficiency either. Let's face it, the cheapest energy is the energy you don't use in the first place. Anyway, if you want to learn more about nuclear energy check out ( http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/plants/plants.pdf.

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